this recipe from Momofukufor2 with a few adjustments and without the swiss meringue buttercream.
1/3 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
90g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 whole egg plus 1 egg white
1 cup self raising flour
pinch of salt
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Cream the butter and sugar together until well combined (this takes several minutes).
Add the vanilla and the lightly beaten egg and continue mixing until pale and fluffy.
Mix all the dry ingredients together and add to the mixture, alternating half the dry then half the milk, then the rest of the dry, then the rest of the milk, beating well between each addition.
Bake in a lined springform pan for 40mins. Check with a skewer before removing from the oven.
Cool completely in the pan.
Decorate with icing (butter, coconut essence, icing mixture, milk) and shredded coconut.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Friday, July 08, 2016
This persian love cake, from Annabel Crabb and Wendy Sharpe's book Special Delivery, made the kitchen smell amazing. The air was heavy with the warm scent of nutmeg (there is an entire tablespoon of the stuff in this recipe) and if I closed my eyes I could almost imagine myself in one of those spice markets - complete with sticky floors (thanks kids).
There are a few spice cakes that I love and make regularly - cinnamon cake, ginger and apple cake, cinnamon apple pie cake, my mother-in-law's kruidkoek and I am going to add this one to the list. With a dollop of greek yogurt and some orange segments it is a delicious antidote to grey day yawns.
Eleanor suggested suite as the collective noun for cupcakes. Suite/sweet - it is completely perfect. Thank you dear poet!
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
There doesn't seem to be a collective noun for cupcakes which strikes me as a gaping hole in the english language. Thankfully, I am not the only person who has noticed this. All-Sorts.org are even running a poll. None of their suggestions are particularly engaging so I am putting forward my own.
Cupcakes always bring good tidings so maybe we could call a group of them a herald, or a celebration.
'Sarabeth brought a celebration of cupcakes to school today for her birthday.' Or,
'There's a herald of cupcakes on the table and the tea is brewing in the pot. We're ready for Oma's visit.'
What do you think, dear Reader? I'd love to hear your ideas for an appropriate collective noun for cake.
In the meantime, the little duyvkens and I are going to pack some of these up for my niece's 9th birthday. I am sure we'll eat a few as we go. In the name of quality control, of course.
Friday, July 01, 2016
JW quickly made some tickets for watching a movie at home yesterday afternoon and guided the kids to their assigned seats in that open palmed manner theatre ushers and airline attendants use. It was adorable. When I feel weary the little duyvkens do have a way of cheering me up. G and I then stayed up and watched Anjelah Johnson on netflix. It was pretty much perfect after a very loooong week.
Monday, June 27, 2016